Spring Planting Season not affected by COVID-19

Apr 22, 2020
Jacob Gordon/WSIU

As the state's stay-at-home order continues, many people are staying at home, but farmers are heading to the fields. 

WSIU Jacob Gordon

COVID-19 has hit the pause button for millions of people in Illinois – but that does not include the state’s farmers. 

The Crucial Partnership Between Farm and Laboratory

Aug 26, 2019
Kevin Boucher

With many people attending the annual Agriculture Day at the DuQuoin State Fair, WSIU Radio will now  hear from experts about the importance of farming, and, especially of the important link between farmers, and scientists.

SIU Ag Day Brings Researchers and Farmers Together

Jun 26, 2019
WSIU/Kevin Boucher

On Wednesday, June 26th, 2019 farmers, scientists and agricultural partners from all across Illinois met for a field day to showcase the latest agricultural research going on at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Courtesy of Illinois Farm Week

On this edition of WSIU InFocus, WSIU's Kevin Boucher visits with U of I Extension Educator in Local Foods and Small Farms, Nathan Johanning.

High Tunnel at Shade Tree Farm
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

Farmers usually plant in the spring and harvest through the summer and fall, then take the winter off.

Some local farmers have found a way to grow year round.

It’s called High Tunnel Farming.

LEAF On-line Farmers Market
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

Every year online shopping becomes more popular.

A lot of stores are also offering the ability for customers to buy online and pick up in the store.

Now local farmers are trying it out.

Illinois Farm Bureau

The Illinois Humanities Council will host a special program this weekend in Cobden, highlighting the future of agriculture in rural areas like southern Illinois. WSIU’s Jennifer Fuller has this preview of “Seeding Change”.